Saturday, February 26, 2011

Healing Yourself on all Levels

Children Book Reviews        

Hello everyone for the next three posts I will not do any reviews. I am reading many children books that will be recommended for everyone in about a month. I will be blogging to everyone about a very special place I am visiting right now. I will tell you about miracles that went on here. I will also share my experience. I am doing lots of reading and when I update in April I will have more children book suggestions for librarians, children and parents. I will also add my first book review. Enjoy these posts.



Friday, February 18, 2011

Black History Month ( Are we all slaves in this world?)

Great books to read
  1. The Adventures of Huck Finn- This book written by Mark Twain is a great example of an all time classic. It is about a young boy who never went school and who spends days at time just doing noting but having fun. Ain't this a dream of many boys. The book has lots of bad grammer and language. It was written in the 19 century just after the civil war. The author is a genis in many ways. The book really takes of when Huck Finn meets a slave named Jim. He helps this man escape. That is when the real adventure begins. They build a raft and go on a dangerous journey on the Mississippi River the heart of the south. This book is a classic American boy tale. The language is hard but it will be the perfect book for your middle grade or young adult reader. Please incourage your children to read this classic american novel and do not forget about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I really loved both these books and did a research paper on them. I bet you kids will love them too. 
  2. The Slave Dancer- This book written by Paula Fox and a newberry award winner in 2002 is a wonderful book to honor black history month. It is about a 13 year old boy named Jessie Bollier who is earning pennies by playing his fife on docks of New Orleans. One day he is kidnapped and thrown aboard a slave ship, where his job is to provide music while shackled slaves dance and keep their muscles strong and bodies profitable. On this journey Jessie is sickened at how these slaves are treated. They are whipped and treated very bad. Before the ship makes it to it goal it shipwrecked in the Gulf of Mexico. Jessie and a slave boy named Ras are the only two survivors. This book is a powerful work and it should not be missed. It presents one of the most gruesome eras in history. Any 11- 14 year old should read this book. 
  3. Rosa's Bus The Ride to Civil Rights- This picture book written by Jo S. Kittinger and illustrated by Steven Walker came out in 2010. It looks at the civil rights movement of the 1960's through the eyes of bus that Mrs. Rosa Parks boarded. This point of view I found to be lots of fun and intersting. It gives new meaning to that saying "What if walls could talk?" This book also looks at the bus boycut that followed. This book is both historical and fun to read. I highly recommend your share it with your students or children. It is a great resource to teach youngsters about the civil rights movement. Please enjoy. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day (A time to love)

Book Suggestions

  1. The Hunger Games Trilogy- These three books are wonderful fanatsy stories for Young adults. Imgine a world divided into 13 Distracts that are run by a place called The Capital. In these three books by Suzanne Collins, the author brings this world to life. She combines love, Action, survival and fantasy together. The Three books are called "The Hunger Games.", "Catching Fire." and "Mocking Jay." The books are written so well that your teen will not put them down.
  2. Knuffle Bunny Free- This is the last picture book in a trilogy by Mo Williams. Trixie loves her stuffed bunny, but she always seems to lose him somewhere. The other two books are called "Knuffle Bunny" and "Knuffle Bunny Too." They both got Caldecott Honers. The illustratuions combine drawings with photos. I bet your children will want you read these books over and over again. I bet you remember the stuffed animal that you loved as child. I had a large yellow duck who I gave lots of love too. These books will not only touch that child hidden deep inside us all, but it will also touch our children. I highly recommend that you sit in front of your fireplace with that special child on your lap and read these books together.
  3. The Giver- A Newbery Medal winner in 1994, this book by Lois Lowry is a true classic for your child to read and is required reading in many schools. Mrs. Lowry wrote about a perfect world where everything is under control and each person is assigned a role in this communuty. Every kind of pain, fear and plessure of life is held by one person. Jonas a 12 year old boy is asigned to train with the giver. His whole life as he knows is about to fall apart. I think that this book has many layers to it. It is a great read for everyone. It  can cause a deep discussion with your child. So please take a moment to get your children off the TV, computer or Video game system start a family book club instead. Your children will thank you.  

Friday, February 11, 2011

About me and a few book suggestions

     Hello folks and welcome to my new blog. let me tell everyone a little about me and then I will add a few wonderful  books for the teachers and parents out there.
     I was born in Moscow Hospital in the mid seventies and left Russia to find religious freedom in the USA. When we applied to leave my parents lost their jobs right away. We had to wait three years until America opened her doors to us.
    We came here in 1981 invited by a local temple to a city in New York called Mount Vernon. I learned the language in just under six months, because my sister and I got invited to sleep away camp within one month when we arrived in the States. I was six and she was eight. All I can say it was the most horrible sleep away experience I ever had. Everyone made fun of me and I was almost forced to eat a live frog, it tasted a little salty. I can look back at this and laugh now but imagine how a little boy would feel.
     The years went by and I went through the American School system and eventually got an MLS and a library media certification. I always loved to write all my life. This was the case because my sister and I grew up around fairy tales.My parents read to us almost every night.   
     I started by writing poetry and then got into children's books after the 9-11-2001. This was the day that changed my life forever.  I now have a book out called "The Enchanted Rope." I am waiting to hear from two publishing companies as well on my manuscripts. I am now working on a fantasy trilogy.
    If anyone wants me to do a review for a book please contact me at Spiritw74@yahoo.com